BTR SEALING SYSTEMS - Philip J. Allen has taken an early retirement from his role as U.K. Business Development Director with BTR Sealing Systems. He was with BTR for 28 years, holding a number of key management roles and in recent years was primarily responsible for BTR's business in the Asia-Pacific region. He plans to start an automotive consulting business.
A.C. CARS - A.C. Car Group Ltd. has appointed Mike Hall as joint chairman. Hall, 57, recently completed a 30-year career with the Coca-Cola Co. For the past eight years he was president of Coca-Cola (Japan). Hall has been involved with A.C., the United Kingdom's oldest surviving carmaker, as an investor for several years. Joint Chairman Alan Lubinsky said Hall would lead AC's sales effort and oversee an intensive marketing program to develop and strengthen brand awareness.
DAEWOO - Daewoo has appointed Chris Milburn chief designer of its Worthing, England, technical center, just a few weeks after Design Director Ginger Ostle announced he was leaving to take a new role with a Frankfurt design consultancy. Milburn, who was born in the United Kingdom, was previously manager of concept and program development at Worthing. He joined Daewoo in 1997 from Design Research Associates, a transportation design consultancy that was formed after a management buyout from the Rover group.
DEBIS - Hubertus von Zastrow has been appointed managing director of Debis Car Fleet Management's European office in Stuttgart, Germany. Zastrow, previously managing director of Debis Car Fleet Management U.K., will be responsible for developing contract hire and fleet management business throughout Western and Eastern Europe. Debis Car Fleet Management, part of DaimlerChrysler Services (Debis) Group, operates a pan-European fleet of nearly 80,000 vehicles of all makes.
GENERAL MOTORS - Dan Hancock, 49, has been chosen as CEO of a new powertrain joint venture with Fiat Auto S.p.A. The joint venture, based in Turin, Italy, is responsible for merging and managing GM's and Fiat's powertrain operations in Europe and Latin America. It employs 27,000 people. Hancock has been president of GM's Allison Transmission division since 1997. Larry Dewey, 43, succeeds Hancock as president of Allison. He had been director of marketing, sales and service at the GM division.
ONESWOOP - One-Swoop, the leading pan-European online car buying service, has appointed Bart Jacobs, 36, as dealer account manager. Jacobs, who joins from Lease Plan Belgium, where he was fleet manager, will be responsible for managing the dealer account teams that form the contact point for OneSwoop dealers across Europe. OneSwoop also appointed Andy Nowell, formerly business development manager for online branding consultancy View, to dealer marketing manager.
OXFORD AUTOMOTIVE - Rochus Gronwald has retired as managing director of Oxford Automotive Gebr. Wackenhut GmbH, Germany. Gerhard Koenig, former vice president of product development services at MSX International, has assumed Gronwald's responsibilities. Koenig spent 17 years in senior positions at Porsche, ranging from program manager to president and CEO of Porsche's engineering subsidiary in Troy, Michigan. Oxford Automotive supplies engineered metal components, assemblies and modules. MSX International of Auburn Hills, Michigan, provides engineering, business and specialized staffing services.
ROLLS-ROYCE & BENTLEY - Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler has been appointed member of the board, engineering at Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motors Cars. He replaces Ulrich Hackenberg, who will resume his position as division head for body development. Rothenpieler will assist in developing the new mid-size Bentley. Rothenpieler is currently head of whole vehicle engineering at Skoda, where he helped develop the Octavia and Fabia.
TEXTRON AUTOMOTIVE CO. - Rolf Ritter has been appointed president and managing director of Textron Automotive Trim's European Operations, a new position. He will work out of Born, Netherlands. He was vice president of European Operations for Findlay Industries GmbH of Deutschland. Textron Automotive of Troy, Michigan, supplies instrument panels, exterior and interior trim, plastic fuel tanks and automotive systems and components.
TWR - TWR Group Ltd. has named Mike Flewitt as director of manufacturing, responsible for group manufacturing projects. He was managing director of TWR's Swedish subsidiary AutoNova AB. He worked for Ford Motor Co. and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars before joining TWR in 1998.
VALEO - Valeo's new chairman and CEO Andre Navarri has appointed Ford of Europe purchasing boss Hans-Peter Kunze, 49, as senior group vice president for international affairs. The move is part of a wide-ranging management change designed to help Valeo become one of the world's top five suppliers by 2004. Kunze replaces Edward Planchon, 67, who was appointed Valeo's senior group vice president for corporate affairs. Planchon will remain senior executive for North America. Kunze will supervise the French supplier's global sales and marketing strategy. The hiring of Kunze is directly linked to the globalization of the car industry and growing modernization, which requires more coordination between Valeo's different divisions.
Navarri has created his own management structure at Valeo by establishing an executive committee that includes himself, CFO Thierry Morin and COO Luc Bleriot. The COO position did not exist under Navarri's predecessor, Noel Goutard.
Bleriot, 49, has led Valeo's climate control division since 1997. As COO, he will manage all of the group's operational functions, including research and development, manufacturing and purchasing. Christine Benard, 33, becomes vice president for purchasing, while Andre Gold, 46, succeeds Bleriot as vice president of the climate control unit.
At Ford of Europe, Bruce Swift, who has been director of vehicle operations purchasing since 1998, succeeds Kunze.
VAUXHALL - Arwin Jones, 45, has been appointed director of manufacturing for Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in England. He comes from General Motors' powertrain plant in Tonawanda, New York, where he was plant manager. He replaces Mike Chapman, who will be moving to the United States to take a new position with GM in January. Jones also became a member of Vauxhall's board of directors.
COLLINS & AIKMAN CORP. - The company has made two appointments to its European Automotive Interior Systems Group. Tony Graveney has been named manager of manufacturing systems, in Newcastle, United Kingdom. He was a consultant for SSA Inc. in the United Kingdom. Paul Bogle moves to manager of financial systems, in Leamington Spa, United Kingdom. He also was a consultant for SSA. In addition, Louis Martin was named plant manager for the Lacolle, Quebec, facility. He was master planner for Heroux Inc. Collins & Aikman of Troy, Michigan, supplies floor and acoustic systems, automotive fabric, interior trim and convertible top systems. William Slykas, vice president of the Dura Convertible Systems Division, will assume additional responsibility for the company's Mexican human resources. He will work in Adrian, Michigan.
CSM WORLDWIDE INC. - Masaki Taketani has been named Asia forecast manager. He was general manager of overseas business development for Nanjo Sobi Kogyo Co. CSM Worldwide of Northville, Michigan, provides global market intelligence and forecast services to automotive suppliers.
DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA INC. - Bill Steffan has been named vice president of strategic business planning in the corporate planning department. It is a new position. Steffan was president of the consulting group PLS Enterprises of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Denso International America of Southfield, Michigan, supplies heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical and electronic components, filters and fuel management systems to the automotive industry.
DELPHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS CORP. - Richard Jok has been named finance director for Delphi Aftermarket Operations. He was finance director for Delphi Packard Electric Systems Europe in Wuppertal, Germany. Delphi of Troy, Michigan, supplies transportation and mobile electronics components and systems.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER - Michael Muehlbayer, CFO of Chrysler Financial Corp., was promoted to senior vice president and treasurer of DaimlerChrysler. He replaces Thomas Capo, a former Chrysler Corp. executive who is leaving the company. Muehlbayer, 45, a German, was transferred to the United States soon after Daimler-Benz AG acquired Chrysler Corp. in 1998. At Chrysler Financial, he worked in Southfield, Michigan. In his new position, Muehlbayer will move to Stuttgart, Germany. In addition, Timothy Dykstra, 45, was named vice president and treasurer, North America, a new position.
FCI AUTOMOTIVE NORTH AMERICA - Doug Anteau has been appointed to the posts of controller for North America and director of finance. He was director of business development for Amcast Automotive in Southfield, Michigan. FCI Automotive of Livonia, Michigan, supplies electrical connectors and interconnection products. It is a unit of The FCI Group of Paris La Defense, France.
JAGUAR - Jaguar North America has named Ford Trustmark marketing chief Michelle Cervantez its vice president of marketing, filling a job open since December. Cervantez will handle marketing of all Jaguar vehicles in North America and will give special attention to the launch of Jaguar's small sedan, code-named X400, in mid-2001. Cervantez, 35, had been marketing manager of Ford Trustmark since December. She directed marketing of the corporate umbrella brand, Ford Motor Co.
OXFORD AUTOMOTIVE INC. - Noel Ancian moves to president of Oxford Automotive Europe in Paris. He was chief executive of the manufacturing and retailing company Groupe Lapeyre. Oxford Automotive of Troy, Michigan, supplies engineered metal components, assemblies and modules.